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Butte Creek Falls Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Scotts Mills, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.0 mi Elevation gain 183 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

River

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Muddy

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As of May 2020, both the West and East roads to the trailhead are closed to vehicles due to COVID-19. You will need to park about 1.8 miles from the trailhead on the East side, on the small parking pullout before the gate. Visitors can still drive to the trailhead, but must take an alternate route from the east. This route includes Sawtell Road, Family Camp Road, Butte Creek Mainline, Butte Creek 500 Road, then finally Crooked Finger 400 Road which leads you to the campground and trailhead.

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Keiko A.
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WalkingGreat!

Thanks to previous reviews, I had to wonder less about parking & walking to the trail-since the gate is closed, it adds a few miles of walking to the trail (easy go, but on our way back was loooooong up incline, be sure to save some energy) Well maintained trail. Went on Wednesday morning so I only saw a few couples...really enjoyed quietness of nature & water trickling sounds.

Olaf Bahr
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HikingGreat!

Chris’ review below is spot on. Only wanted to note that there is active logging going on between the two main gates, but they tend to shut down by 10a on hot days. Easy walking on wide gravel to the trail head.

Chris Goettl
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We did this trail on 7/27 from the West side. Crooked Finger Road is closed to cars about 200 yards West of CF 400 Rd intersection. There's a wide spot in the road before the gate for plenty of parking. By foot it's 2.5 miles to the falls walking on the original dirt road. Newer signs clearly mark the way, just keep to the main road once on CF 400. It's all downhill. A mile of it is open clear cut, so no shade but the wildflowers and views are incredable! Just that is almost worth the trip! I'll add photos. Of course the falls are awesome too. Bring a snorkel mask to see all the fish (not big enough to catch). It gets deep just below the falls, lots to see with goggles! Bathrooms at the original trail head are open. 2.5 miles back up for about 5.1 miles round trip. Not too bad of a hike. Totally worth the experience!

Andre Bruggeman
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HikingClosed

It would have been a perfect hike for my wife and two daughters (5) and (3), but the access was closed. We followed the From oregonhikers.org and arrived to a closed gate that was graffiti with swear words. We saw hikers going through, so we followed and didn’t get all the way to the falls for fear of not making it back. If we could have drove to the camp the hike would have been perfect, but as of July 5th, 2020 the falls are closed. Kudos to the directions from Oregon hikers.org ...see below Note: this trailhead was formerly accessed from Crooked Finger Road, but as of July 2018 Weyerhaeuser has closed the road indefinitely just beyond the spur to Abiqua Falls. These updated instructions also begin at Scotts Mills, though it is also possible to access Sawtell Road from the town of Molalla and then follow the instructions below. Do not rely on Google Maps for route information in this area, as a critical section of Butte Creek Road is not in the Google database, and Google will lead you miles out of direction as a result. From I-205 in Oregon City, take Exit 10 to Hwy 213 south and follow it for 23 miles to the town of Marquam. In Marquam, turn left at the flashing yellow light onto S. Nowlens Bridge Road and follow it south for 2.3 miles to the town of Scotts Mills. Just before crossing a bridge over Butte Creek, turn left onto well-signed Maple Grove Road. After 4.2 miles, turn right at a "T" intersection to stay on Maple Grove Road. Continue on Maple Grove Road for another 3 miles to a "T" intersection with Sawtell Road, marked by a large barn that is a useful landmark for your return trip. Turn right here and continue on paved Sawmill Road for 5.1 miles to a fork at the edge of a large clearcut, where yellow-striped divided lane section of Sawmill Road ends. Head left at the fork onto gravel, unsigned Family Camp Road and continue on this often potholed, but always passable road past several unmarked spur roads, always staying on the more obviously traveled main road. At 3.1 miles go right at a fork, following a small sign pointing to Butte Creek Falls. In another 0.6 miles head right at another fork, following a second sign pointing to Butte Creek Falls. Reach another fork in 0.5 miles and head right again, following a third sign pointing to Butte Creek Falls. From this last fork, continue steeply downhill for 1.1 miles to a bridge over Butte Creek and then pass Butte Creek Campground (Santiam State Forest). The Butte Creek Trailhead is 0.6 miles beyond the campground, on the right. The trailhead has a pit toilet, informational sign and parking for several vehicles.

Heidi McKay
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Hiking

I did this hike two times. Once I missed the unmarked trail and ended up going 8 miles on the warehouser road and there was tons of trash on both sides of the road and it was a very unfortunate experience. Warehouser owns most of the road you hike on util you get to the park. This hike is almost all dirt road. The second time I parked at the gate and walked less than a quarter-mile and then took a left and followed the road down through the forest land and then you get to a clear cut that’s beautiful and spacious. Keep down hill and then you hit another gate. Go past that gate walk another 1.5 miles ish and then you reach bathrooms. To your left are short trails to go to upper and lower falls. So worth it. Lush beautiful forest and falls, we hiked in late spring. *This is NOT Abiqua Falls* but Abiqua creeks runs though the property.

Jen Mccalley
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HikingClosed

Drove in today using a GPS and maps and made it around the first gate but was stopped at the 2nd gate. which is 1.7 miles from the trailhead. Wasn't ready to add 3.4 miles to the hike and then hike back up the hill, so ended up not going. Wonder if the gate is always shut?

Chelsea Mettille
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HikingMuddy

Both roads that access this trail are gated off. If you go in from the east (Sawtell/Family Camp Road) the gate is about 1.8 miles from the trailhead with a small parking pullout just before the gate. I would not suggest going this way in a low clearance vehicle as there are many deep pot holes. Also, during the weekend this area fills up with a lot of off road vehicles and you can hear steady gunshots from people shooting. It is a downhill walk the whole way to the trail/campground and a steady uphill climb the entire way back. The falls itself are beautiful and well worth the trip!

Nimit Patel
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Hiking

5/14 First of all, you can’t drive to the trailhead right now from West or East. We followed the most updated instructions that said you could drive to the trailhead from the East but there is an orange gate blocking the road at this point. There is room to park about 2 cars here but don’t block the gate of course. Know before you go that I wouldn’t go with a low clearance vehicle....there are a ton of giant potholes. The google maps directions will take you there if you navigate to the campground. From there the total hike is a little over 5 miles (Look at my recording to see the hike length) You pass the campground on the right and then shortly come to the trailhead. The hike to both the upper and lower falls is EASY. They are both incredible to experience. If you head right at the trailhead you will come to the upper falls first which are wide and you can walk behind them! After that you head to the viewpoint for the lower falls which are equally magnificent! Loved these falls. Worth the drive from Portland, especially with the gorge remaining closed.

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Nena Arellano
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HikingMuddy
Carlea White
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Hiking

Hike on 5/9/2020 - We started at the gate at the end of Crooked Finger Road. Within 1/4 mile, we veered left onto CF400. This made it a 5.7 mile total hike with around 800 feet elevation gain overall. Beginning of the hike, you can hear lots of shooting and ATVs, but it quiets down. There are some great views of the valley from the logging road. The falls were amazingly beautiful and not crowded at all. The forest around the feels is rich and old. Highly recommend. I believe if you come from a different direction, you can get to the falls trail, but then it's only a mile hike.

Lynn A.
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Hiking

Fun and Easy hike for us

Chazz Kangas
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HikingPrivate property

One of the best walking trails we have been on in awhile.. we came in from the west, so that added about 5 miles to the walking part of the trip (round trip) and we brought a 2 yr old that walked most of the way enjoying it as well. So it is mild and not strenuous at all. There is so much to take in and appreciate.

Roberto Castaneda
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loved it! one of my favorite trails depending if I want to walk a while (Crooked Finger) or if I just want to get there quick (Butte creek campground). I still wonder how some people are able to get to upper creek falls (close enough to touch the water) since the way down seems fairly treacherous.

ORION WHITE
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Hiking

This was a short but great hike, beautiful waterfalls. Had to go the back way around the locked gate. It took about 45 minutes or so from Abiqua Falls. I really enjoyed this one.

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Jason Frankel
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Multiple routes blocked and a bit difficult to navigate getting there. But it was all worth it! Definitely one I'll revisit in the summer! The views and landscape were amazing! #50waterfallsby50

Dave Korpi
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Difficult to find due to gate on Crooked Finger Road. Waze correctly maps the alternative route (Google Maps does not). Easy hike, gorgeous Falls, watch your step at the lower Falls... the cliffs are steep.

Svob Sydney
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Hiking

6 miles if both gates are closed. Turn left shortly after the first gate or else you will be stuck going down a road parallel to the one you need. It’s gorgeous!! Especially in the fall!!(:

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Scott Mischke
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Hiking

Loved it, even if the gate was locked

Megan McCurdy
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HikingPrivate property

I came from the West and there were two gates blocking the road. This extended the 1 mile hike to 6 miles. I’m not sure if these gates are always closed, but be aware it’s a possibility. The trail is maintained well and there is a pit toilet and map posted. This was a beautiful little hike and had it pretty much to ourselves. I think I’ll go again on a hot day and maybe try to swim.

Azalea Martinez
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Hiking

I followed google maps directions. Off of Crooked Finger road you will drive about 2 miles on gravel. Then you will reach a gate. I parked off to the side and walked down the gravel road/side of a hill about 2 miles. If you leave your google maps on it will help you make sure you aren’t lost. You will have to pass a second gate where you will be more surrounded by trees. It seemed like a long walk but you will finally see the bathrooms! Once there the trail down is an easy mile down. - It would be nice if you could still drive all the way down to the trail head that way. There is an alternative route that will take you straight to the trail head but I have never tried going that way. I guess the gates were put up because of vandalism. The hike it’s self is easy and great for kids and dogs. The 2 mile walk to the trail head is also good for bigger/medium sized dogs - for kids I would say depending their age and patience level - alternative trail head directions: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2018/07/27/butte-creek-falls-hike-campground-weyerhaeuser-gate-scotts-mills/851055002/

Wo Payton
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HikingMuddy

beautiful falls and awesome caves. good for children.

Brandy Flory
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Hiking

Im a local so I've been here lots of times, only before the gates were put up. Last summer we were out here on the main road to get to the falls from crooked finger, we stopped to let the dogs go pee a little past the falls going towards crooked finger and some idiots were target shooting and the bullets zoomed literally right past our heads. This is why there are gates now, be very aware of shooting when you are out here or you may not come home alive. Seriously. We won't ever go back out there after this incident last summer that was wayyy too close and how ignorant that people are shooting down towards a main road where people are hiking and on a road where it specifically says no shooting. On this same day there were atleast 20 other cars of people out here and atvs, I can't believe no one died that day from those idiots. Be careful and stay alert if you hear shooting, even if it sounds from a distance, the falls are down hill, they may be shooting towards you.

Juan Torres Soler
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 6, 2019
Hiking

took trail from Camp Dekota. it's a decline and incline hike back. Starting from 1st close gate to 2nd close gate to the falls is 2 miles in. it's not kid/toddler friendly hike to get there. If you are going with kids walk their pace. Unless you go the other route that you drive up to the lower falls. But it was worth the hike. Lower falls have a place for kids to get wet and to rest as well as to soak in the water.

Carolyn Warr
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Hiking

Very nice and easy trail to follow. The upper falls is easy to walk right up to the water. Very few people on trail. To really view the lower falls the trail is a bit rockier. It’s basically out on a cliff ledge with some rocky portions to climb down, and then down some more. Although very beautiful, I wouldn’t bring kids very far out to see the lower falls. Other than that part the trail is very family friendly. Directions from site didn’t bring up anything. I googled and used directions from oregonhikers.com. Very simple and there are marked roads and small signs to trailhead on the trees so keep your eyes out.

Crystal Lacey
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Mountain S.
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Hiking

I parked at the closed gate at Crooked Finger and went down the gravel road to the trailhead. The gravel road was in very good condition and the view and wildflowers were pleasant. There's almost no shade in this portion. Once you get past the second gate, it becomes forested with plenty of shade. The falls were spectacular and I had the entire place to myself. Well worth the extra miles. The easy drive to the gate is also a plus. Plenty of parking along the road by the gate.

Wendy Lucas
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Love this hike, hate the gravel hill getting to it, but worth it!

Erin Marcellais
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Hiking

Actual trail was very easy, and the falls are breathtaking, on par with Abiqua Falls in the same area, but not as populated (only saw one other couple hiking down the gravel road as we were coming back, and were were there for quiet a while). There are a couple spots you definitely want to hang on to little kids or dogs, but nothing too crazy. The extra 2 miles on gravel road, however, was less enjoyable, and could be confusing if without directions. If you keep your GPS on your phone from the drive, it’ll lead you to the actual trail head (which is marked). HOWEVER, when walking on the road, you do eventually walk aside a large clearing with quiet a view which is hard to complain about. Wanting to go again and see if it’s better to just drive around. There’s a lot of shooting on crooked finger though, can be startling at first if you’re not from the area, but It’s not close to where you walk DIRECTIONS FOR GRAVEL ROAD: After you park at the first white locked gate, continue straight until you come to a split in the trial. There’s stumps and flowers at this split. Take the left. The next split you’ll hug right (staying on the clearly graveled road). You basically hug right the entire way down until you come to the split where the right goes to a steep uphill dirt path, and the left continues down the gravel road. Go left down the gravel road, there will The the clearing shortly after. If you continue Down the road you’ll find a second locked white gate. After going around the gate, it’s a straight shot to the camp ground where the trail is clearly marked.

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